What is UV Ink Curing in Printing?
You may have heard that Phoenix printers PRI Graphics now has UV curable ink printers…but what is UV ink printing and what does it mean for your next large format print job?
Ultraviolet curing (UV curing) is a green technology that uses a photomechanical process to instantly dry ink after printing. This means, using a flatbed printer, you can print on virtually any type of non-absorbing material including glass, wood, metal, vinyl materials, and more.
With UV curable ink, the ink isn’t absorbed by the material like CMYK printing so there’s no smudging and no need for additional costly coatings.
Another great thing about UV cured inks is that they are weather-resistant and are not prone to fading. There are no solvents, no evaporation and it’s a low-temperature process.
Basically, the exposure to UV energy triggers a chemical reaction and causes the ink to instantly harden and is a much better alternative to solvent-based ink products.
UV ink is not only used by local print shops like us but also in all kinds of industries including automotive, electronics, telecommunications, and more.
UV Curable Ink Printing Advantages
The top UV ink benefits to consider include:
- Scratch and abrasion resistance
- Better chemical and solvent resistance
- Superior bonding
- Eco-friendly – no emissions
- Improved gloss
- Superior outdoor durability
Durable UV curable ink dries or cures instantaneously and is already dry when it comes out of the printer. This makes it ideal for printing on outdoor banners including mesh banners. For more information, see our article on mesh banners vs. vinyl banners.
Your Trusted Large Format Printers in Arizona
PRI Graphics uses UV curable ink for all our large format vinyl graphics as an eco-friendly and superior print product for all our customers throughout Phoenix, Arizona.
From wall graphics to product decals to school logos, you too can benefit from our long-lasting durable print graphics for even the most demanding applications.
For more information, please visit our Vinyl Graphics page or speak with our Arizona printers directly by calling Toll-Free 1-877-409-8889 or send us an email.